Understanding the Benefits of Duodenal Switch Surgery
By Fernando Garcia on August 24, 2016
Here at Tijuana Bariatrics, we believe in exploring all options for weight loss. Patients have different needs, and their bodies may respond in different ways to treatment. This is why we always take time to consider which bariatric procedure may be most ideal for a patient.
The duodenal switch surgery can be an effective weight loss procedure, boasting a number of benefits. Let's take a moment to consider the basics of the surgery and what it can achieve.
About Duodenal Switch Surgery
The duodenal switch is a bit like a gastric sleeve combined with a gastric bypass. The size of the stomach is reduces and part of the digestive tract bypasses a portion of the small intestine. While it is not spoken of as much as the other weight loss surgery procedures, it can prove quite effective.
Combined Restrictive and Malabsorptive Weight Loss
The duodental switch is a great option for achieving a combined restrictive and malabsorptive type of weight loss. This means that a patient consumes fewer calories and feels less hungry during meals and that fewer calories are absorbed by the body during the act of digestion. This can mean a lot when people are looking to lose a lot of weight, making the duodenal switch a strong option to consider for morbid obesity.
Helps Patients Achieve Greater Excess Weight Loss
Some studies have found that patients who undergo duodenal switch surgery lose more of their excess weight than patients who undergo other procedures. Given the combination of restrictive and malabsorptive weight loss, this should come as no surprise.
Good Results with Long-Term Weight Loss
In addition to losing a good deal of excessive weight, the duodenal switch has a good record of keeping that weight off. This is again thanks to that restrictive and malabsorptive approach to weight loss, which can help minimize the weight gain common after a bariatric surgery procedure has been performed.
Excellent for Addressing Obesity-Related Conditions
Because of the great results eliminating excessive weight and keeping that weight off, the duodenal switch has proven quite effective at addressing medical conditions commonly associated with obesity and morbid obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and hyperlipidemia.
Can Be Used as Revision for Gastric Sleeve
Some people who undergo gastric sleeve surgery do not always achieve optimal weight loss results. In these cases, their gastric sleeve can be easily converted into a duodenal switch. This demonstrates the helpful versatility of many weight loss surgery procedures, and the ways that bariatric surgeons can tailor treatments to the needs of their patients.
Is a Duodenal Switch Right for Me?
The best way to find out if the duodenal switch is the right bariatric procedure for you and your needs is to schedule a consultation with our team. We'll consider the pros and cons of every surgery and help you make smart choices about your surgical weight loss needs.
Learn More About Weight Loss Surgery
To learn more about weight loss options that can help you lead a healthier and more fulfilling life, be sure to contact our weight loss surgery center today. The team at Tijuana Bariatrics is here to help you feel great and look great.